Oral Health Status
Parents of children at least one year old were also asked to describe the status of their children’s teeth as excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. The percentage of children with excellent or very good oral health did not vary substantially across locations.
In all locations, the youngest children (aged 1-5 years) were the most likely to have excellent or very good oral health, with percentages ranging from 78.3 percent in urban areas to 69.7 percent in small rural areas. The oral health of children in the older age categories was similar across locations.
The oral health of children within each racial and ethnic group varied by location. Among White children, 81.8 percent of those in urban areas were reported to have excellent or very good oral health, compared to 77.3 percent of those in large rural areas and 74.9 percent of those in small rural areas. Among Black children, these percentages range from 63.4 percent of urban children to 55.0 percent of children in small rural areas. Hispanic children whose families primarily speak Spanish were the least likely to be in excellent or very good oral health, regardless of location.